Blue Ant takes the rights to “Spirit To Soar”
Toronto-based Blue Ant International has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Spirit To Soar, a documentary on racism against Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The 1 x 60 minute documentary follows Anishinaabe storyteller and journalist Tanya Talaga as she explores the systemic racism faced by Indigenous peoples in the city of Thunder Bay in northern Canada, Ontario.
The program continues the story of his non-fiction book Seven fallen feathers: racism, death and hard truths in a northern town, which drew international attention to the tragic deaths of seven Indigenous high school students that went uninvestigated between 2000 and 2011.
Produced by Makwa Creative in association with Antica Productions, the film is slated to air and air on CBC and CBC Gem in Canada in fall 2021.
“This documentary highlights a story that is based in Canada but has universal significance as audiences around the world face systemic racism and cultural inequity,” commented Solange Attwood, Executive Vice President, Blue Ant International.
“Sharing Tanya’s personal journey as she explores the stories of the Seven Feathers that fell from Thunder Bay adds to an incredibly crucial movement for reconciliation and change, especially given the discovery of thousands of anonymous graves of children. natives found in residential schools. “
OSN & Discovery offers in Beyond MENA
Broadcasters in the Middle East and Africa have acquired more than 270 hours of scripted and unscripted content, following agreements with distributor Beyond Rights.
In the Middle East, OSN acquired a 190 hour package of factual titles, including recent obs-docs 24/7 maternity (6 x 60 minutes) and Harnessed in Vegas (10 x 60 minutes), plus seven popular property and lifestyle titles series Like it or list it (174 x 60 minutes). Meanwhile, Discovery MENA has picked up the fifth series of Abandoned engineering (12 x 60 minutes) for the Middle East and Africa.
AETN Africa meanwhile won series seven and eight of Like it or list it (38 x 60 minutes), alongside two seasons of Dirty SOS house (18 x 60 minutes); BBC Africa has acquired the UK version of the competitive dog grooming series perfect doggie (8 x 60 minutes), produced by Beyond Productions, while CBS has acquired two real crime series for Africa; Murder in the Outback: the Falconio and Lees Mystery (4 x 60 minutes), and Beautiful devils (10 x 60 minutes).
Also in Africa, Azam Media acquired the police drama Halifax: retaliation (8 x 60 minutes) for its international entertainment channel.
DocuBay takes factual broadcasts
DocuBay, IN10 Media Network’s Mumbai-based VOD service, has acquired several documentary titles following a deal with German distributor Albatross World Sales.
The deal includes more than 20 shows on nature, science, history and other genres, including Giants with feet of mud, which follows a group of American and European scientists fighting to save elms from a tiny but terrible enemy.
Meanwhile, Canary Islands – In the shadow of volcanoes takes nature enthusiasts into the unique futuristic geography of the archipelago built by rugged volcanic mountains.
Adita Jain, Senior Vice President – Acquisition and Syndication – Network at IN10 Media Network, said: “We are delighted to partner with Albatross World Sales, whose library includes a range of documentaries and unique facts, which match the diverse range of DocuBay. Our strategy has always been to deliver premium content, in various genres, to audiences around the world. “